Thelma is one of 10 “known owner” dogs that were not reclaimed this week.
She is an 80-pound American Bully and a social butterfly who loves everyone she meets. With her charming personality and gentle nature, Thelma has won the hearts of many, both human and canine alike.
This lovable pooch has a knack for making friends wherever she goes. Her friendly demeanor and wagging tail instantly put people at ease, making her a favorite among friends, family, and even strangers. Thelma’s warm and welcoming nature makes her the life of the party, always ready to bring joy and laughter to any gathering.
When it comes to other dogs, Thelma is a true ambassador of friendship. She has a remarkable ability to get along with her fellow canines, making her a great companion for playdates and doggy social events. Whether it’s a game of fetch or a romp in the park, Thelma’s playful spirit shines through, creating lasting bonds with her furry friends.
Thelma’s good behavior extends beyond her social skills. She is a dream to walk on a leash, making strolls through the neighborhood a breeze. With her calm and composed demeanor, she walks by your side, never pulling or causing any trouble. Thelma’s leash manners are a testament to her well-rounded and obedient nature.
One of Thelma’s greatest joys in life is playing with toys. From squeaky balls to plush stuffed animals, she delights in the simple pleasure of a good game. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and she’ll happily entertain herself or engage in playtime with her human companions. Thelma’s playful nature brings a sense of joy and liveliness to any environment.
But amidst all the fun and games, Thelma has a soft spot for belly rubs. She absolutely adores the feeling of gentle strokes on her tummy, and it’s guaranteed to put a smile on her face. Thelma’s love for belly rubs is a testament to her affectionate nature and her desire for human connection.
If you would like more information or to schedule a meet and greet, please get in touch with Midwest Animal ResQ in Raytown, Missouri.
We recently connected with Erin Morse and have shared our conversation below.
Erin, so good to have you with us today. We’ve always been impressed with folks who have a very clear sense of purpose and so maybe we can jump right in and talk about how you found your purpose?
Discovering my purpose to establish a non-profit animal rescue has a been a transformative journey. Despite having a successful and financially rewarding career in automotive software, I felt an ever-growing sense of emptiness. Something within me was not being satisfied despite the accolades I was achieving within my career. To help fill this sense of emptiness I decided to get a dog. I am a researcher by nature, so I started learning about what kind of dog would best suit my lifestyle, and in doing so stumbled across how many homeless pets there were here in the KC metro. I dug a little deeper and learned that Missouri is the puppymill capital of the world, with over 30% of the nations mills located here, I had no prior knowledge in animal care, heck I had never even owned a dog before, I just knew I needed to be part of the solution, I needed to be their voice. Thus, I adopted my first dog, and dipped my toe in the world of animal advocacy. Advocating for those that have no voice gave me the sense of purpose and passion I had been yearning for. So the time came to overcome the fear of the unknown and make the courageous decision to leave behind the comfortable lucrative career and dedicate myself wholeheartedly to the cause of animal welfare, I can honestly say I have never looked back, and with every step forward in this new direction, I am motivated by the fact that every animal deserves love, care, and a chance at a compassionate home. Though the road I have chosen is a challenging one, I am determined to make a lasting impact.
Thanks for sharing that. So, before we get any further into our conversation, can you tell our readers a bit about yourself and what you’re working on?
Midwest Animal ResQ is unique! We are small enough to get to know all of our animals really well, but large enough to have a great selection of companion animals. We employ the highest number of staff per animal in the metro, which means not only do our animals get a high level of care, they also spend a tremendous amount of time outdoors, on walks, and in play groups. We get to know our animals really well, so we can do a better job matching them with potential families. We also offer fostering, trial adoptions, and doggie day outs, so families can get to know all sorts of pets to assure they find the perfect match for their families. We are passionate about the animals in our care, but we are passionate about people as well, our mission is completing families, one tail at a time!
There is so much advice out there about all the different skills and qualities folks need to develop in order to succeed in today’s highly competitive environment and often it can feel overwhelming. So, if we had to break it down to just the three that matter most, which three skills or qualities would you focus on?
Compassion- This is a personal journey that involves kindness and understanding, not just of others…but for yourself as well. Acknowledge shortcomings in yourself and others and give them grace. Offer support and encouragement not judgment, Active listening to ensure that you really understand the struggles of others and empathize with their journey. Just being present and attentive, and showing genuine interest in people’s experiences, is often enough for people to feel heard and valued.
Leadership- This is SO important, even more so in a non-profit. You must be able to communicate your vision in a clear and concise way and get people excited about it. You need to know when to be inspirational, when to be motivational, and when to be transactional. You need to know when to jump in and get your hands dirty, and when to stand back and let your team soar. Leadership is understanding that no task is beneath you, but all employees should look up to you. You must always lead with integrity and demonstrate ethical behavior. Hold strong to your moral compass, and make all decisions based on what is best for the whole, respect will follow
Adaptability- My industry, like so many others is changing rapidly. The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and solve problems on the fly is crucial when starting, and growing, any business. As an entrepreneur, i’ve encountered countless setbacks and obstacles along the way. Being adaptable has allowed me to pivot and embrace those obstacles and turn them into potential opportunities. Take the time to analyze all the data, and make an informed data driven decision based mostly and on facts with a little conjecture, block out the chatter.
Is there a particular challenge you are currently facing?
The biggest challenge I am facing right now is a national animal sheltering challenge. The number of homeless animals has increased exponentially across the country over the prior year. The sheer volume of stray animals, combined with several other factors like housing insecurity, a national veterinarian shortage and inflation, has led to the perfect storm within the animal welfare industry, resulting in unprecedented numbers of animals entering shelters across the country.
These Kansas City area animal shelters are in crisis. Here’s how you can help by Eric Adler (KC STAR)
The Kansas City area’s animal shelters, overwhelmed since COVID, have hundreds of dogs up for adoption. The situation at KC Pet Project in Kansas City has become so critical that the shelter has now felt forced to euthanize dogs for reasons that go beyond obvious illness or severe behavioral issues such as unresolvable biting or aggression.
Leaders at several Kansas City area shelters offer ways the public can help ease the kennel crisis:
How you can help
▪ Adopt. Every area shelter posts online photos and stories of pets that need homes. See the list of shelters below.
▪ Foster. Volunteers willing to take larger dogs are in special need.
▪ Volunteer. More animals mean shelters need more help with tasks such as walking dogs or special events.
▪ Help lost animals get back home. If you find a stray, post about it on social media and on sites like Nextdoor, Facebook or Instagram. Getting them home on your own helps keep animals out of already-packed shelters.
▪ Donate. Greater need requires more resources, such as towels to clean up after cats and dogs, medicines and food. At KC Pet Project, the things most needed are kitten supplies, large and extra-large wire kennels, soft treats, and new or used leashes. KC Pet Project publishes its own online wish list. So do Great Plains SPCA and others. Money is always appreciated.
Kansas City area animal shelters
▪ KC Pet Project, 7077 Elmwood Ave., 816-683-1383, kcpetproject.org
▪ Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Road, 816-761-8151, waysidewaifs.org
Great Plains SPCA, 5424 Antioch Drive, Merriam, 913- 831-7722, greatplainsspca.org
▪ Melissa’s Second Chances, 11015 W. 75th St., Shawnee, 913-364-1822, mscrescue.org
▪ Human Society of Greater Kansas City, 5445 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-596-1000, hsgkc.org
▪ Midwest Animal ResQ, 10312 E. 63rd St., Raytown, 816-919-1364, midwestanimalresq.org
▪ Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter, 1356 Highway 9, Parkville, 816-587-0918, parkvilleshelter.com
▪ City of Liberty Animal Shelter, 2801 Riverview Road, Liberty, 816-439-4791, libertymissouri.gov.
▪ Independence Animal Services, 21001 E. Highway 78, Independence, 816-325-7207, ci.ndependence.mo.us.